Christmas morning was filled with the joy that children bring to such an occasion. They were all so excited and had so much fun. Nate got a toy car and Sean got a Hot Wheels wall track and Emma-Lyn got a tea set from us. As soon as all the presents were opened the kids busied themselves with playing with their new toys. We had Grammie Peric and Auntie Linda in to share our cranberry lemon pork roast supper. That evening Marko and I finished up packing up the car to head for Nova Scotia the next day.
We had a wonderful trip to my folks place. Its a four hour drive in the wintertime since the ferries have stopped running until spring. The children did a great job! We stopped only once in Aulac, New Brunswick for a leg stretch and potty break and then we trucked all the way to Pictou County. So good to be with family over the holidays, we did a lot of talking, laughing and eating---so much eating and yummy too! We had hoped to play some in the snow there but the weather was a little nasty so we stayed indoors where it was warm and cozy. While we enjoyed our visit to the mainland it was also very nice to come home and get ready to celebrate the New Year.
This year we decided that the kiddos were old enough to take part in some New Years Eve celebrations. That said, they didn't stay up until midnight, we did a count down to 9 o'clock. I decorated the living room with some curly silver and gold ribbon and put up a balloon countdown on the wall starting at 5 o'clock. As each hour passed someone got to burst that balloon. It was a lot of fun. Marko made us a yummy pancake supper complete with bacon and fruit salad. Our next door neighbour Brianna joined us for supper and some of our festivities. Brianna is ten and the children just love playing with her. She's just like part of the family. :) We played some games, such as New Years Eve Freeze Dance--whenever the music stopped you had to freeze and yell HAPPY NEW YEAR--the kids loved it! We also played find the clock--I took the little kitchen egg timer and hid it around the house after setting it to 5 minutes--the kids went nuts trying to find it before it started ringing! Our last game was a couple rounds of balloon volleyball which was also a hit for the kids. We watched The Muppets Christmas Carol and our final activity before ringing in the New Year was to watch a photo slideshow I put together of the family from our adventures of 2012. The kids just loved reliving all the fun things they had done that year. At 9 o'clock we grabbed our noise makers and hooted and hollered and yelled Happy New Year! We even sang Auld Lang Syne with the help of Julie Andrews on Youtube! After the kiddos were in bed Marko and I grabbed some drinks and nibblies and cuddled on the couch to watch Avengers. It was a wonderful New Years Eve!
Now we're a week into the new year and tomorrow we start back into our homeschool routine. I'm looking forward to it and I think the children are too. They each got their own lap trays for Christmas which they were pretty excited about. Here's to the new year and the adventures that await us!!